SPRING HILL — Springstead High School senior Bernard Ndedi came to the United States from Cameroon in 2005 filled with grand expectations.
He imagined that everyone was famous. And that there were no rules.
He found his new home — Hernando County — to be a bit different.
"It wasn't streets paved of gold like everyone was saying," he said.
But he's made the most out of his time here.
A track and field athlete, Ndedi, 16, has been recognized for his leadership at Springstead and was honored at the 39th annual Hernando County Student Recognition Banquet in April.
He has been a volunteer at Oak Hill Hospital and in student-led recycling efforts at the school.
What are your favorite memories of high school?
All things track. Last year, as a member of Springstead's 4-by-400 relay team, Ndedi helped break a school record.
"That was a good moment," he said.
Who was the best high school teacher you had and what made her/him special?
English literature teacher Kathleen Long. Ndedi said he liked her teaching style and the way she carried the class.
"I just like her class," he said. "I looked forward to it every day."
Will you miss Springstead?
"For the most part, I'm pretty ready to leave. But I will miss the teachers, of course. And some students. I will miss that. (Springstead principal Susan) Duval, she's a great person."
What are your plans for college and the future?
Ndedi will attend the University of South Florida to study medicine.
"I've always been interested in anatomy and the human body," he said. "I've always been fascinated by that."
Springstead High School graduation is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the school
Valedictorian Taylor Hopper
Parents: Richie and Lisa Hopper
College/field of study: University of Florida, pre-medicine
Salutatorian Jonas Gonzalez
Parents: Oswaldo Gonzalez and Maira Garcia
College/field of study: MIT, aerospace engineering
Rest of the best
3. Katie Mills
4. Austin White
5. Mai Tran
6. Chemar Davis
7. Sean Chapman
8. Michael Bennett
9. Tyler Ludwig
10. Alexander Franklin
Springstead High School Class of 2013
Johanna Agostinacchio, Gregory Agostino, Stephen Albrecht, Kendra Alexandre, Sandra Alexis, Jacob Alexsuk, Maaz Ali, Cynthia Alicea, Karlie Allen, William Allen, Rebecca Altieri, Austin Anderson, Zoe Andreu, Megan Armellini, Mason Arroyo, Timothy Audette, Shey Aviles.
Ashley Babino, Allisa Babor, Nickalus Bailey, Garrett Baker, Scott Baker, Katerina Bakke, Cory Balderson, Joseph Barnes, Joshua Bass, Paige Bavis, Cherline Bazile, Amber Belcher, Jared Bennett, Michael Bennett, Brandon Berlew, Megan Berube, Emma Betters, Ashley Bettineschi, Frank Biedinger, Kelsi Bigger, Sandy Bolis, Britteny Boyd, Michele Boylan, Vaughn Bradshaw, Brandon Brosher, Justin Brothers, Andrea Bruno, Justin Bryan, Kyle Bugden, Brittany Burdette, Kaitlyn Burnham, Brittany Busche.
Mariela Cabrera, Elizabeth Calleri, Tasha Camacho, Nicole Campbell, Daniel Campos, Kaitlyn Cancel, Maxwell Cann, Phillip Cannon, Sherley Cano, Jason Caplan, Ryan Caplan, Yariel Carmenate, Garrett Carroll, James Carter, John Caruso, Angel Casanova, Manuel Casanova, Kaitlyn Casey, Natasha Casey, Christopher Caton, Alexandra Celt.
Daniel Cervino, Jose Chamorro Ortiz, Sean Chapman, Kendal Chase, Carly Churpita, Ambur Coddington, Andrea Coffman, Amanda Collins, Elizabeth Collins, Jonathan Collins, Kiara Colon, Moises Concepcion, Samantha Conrad, Carter Cowgill, Cassidy Crider, Jesse Curl, Bo Curley, Eric Dacosta, Michael Dacunto, Chemar Davis, Shane Day, Robert Deguido, Laurel Dellea, Blair Deshong, Angelo Desimone, Noah DeWitt, Estelle Diez, James Dixon, Jacob Donahue, Samantha Donovan, Matthew Douds-Jensen, Cody Downing, Matthew Draganchuk, Hailey Drawe, Stephanie Drummond, Margaret Duguid, Joseph Dupuis, Samantha Duryea, Laura Dutton, Elona Dyke, Nicole Dzierzawski.
Zachary Eaton, Ashley Eckert, Savanna Eley, Matthew Eloian, Christopher Elston, Makaela Emerick, Amanda Enos, Pedro Estrada, Melissa Etienne.
Kaitlyn Fagan, Shannon Fagan, Melissa Fernandez, Alexis Ferrara, Ricardo Figueroa, Michael Finucane, Kylie Florio, Damian Forbell, Amanda Forman, Alexander Franklin, Ryan Fredrickson, Tyler Freeman, Christine Fryer, Tyler Fulkerson, Danielle Fury, Sarah Fury.
Jennifer Gambino, Axel Garcia, Adriana Garmendez, John Garza, Daniel Gendusa, Melody Genuardi, Allyson Gibson, Crystal Giles, Kenneth Gioe, Jillian Goforth, Diego Gomez, Nataly Gomez-Galarza, Alexandra Gonzalez, Jonas Gonzalez, Daniele Goralski, Jasmine Gray, Ashley Greenstein, Ryan Griffiths, Benjamin Grudzinski, Niniveth Guardado, Charles Guardino, Nicholas Gygli.
David Hairston, William Happel, Madison Harris, Raheem Harris, Courtney Hartle, Lauren Hartwell, Alexarae Harty, Danish Hasan, April Hawkins, Jordan Hazen, Joshua Heckler, Cheyenne Herington, Laura Hernandez, Samuel Hernandez, Aladdin Hiba, Victoria Hickman, Kevin Hightower, Skylar Hill, Joell Hoffman, Marissa Hoffman, Jessica Hollis, Taylor Hopper, Alyssa Horne, Madison Howe, Tabatha Hughes, Abigail Hyde, Robert Hyde, Tanisha Hyde.
Valerie Inglese, Jessica Irizarry.
James Johnson, Katey Johnson, William Johnson, Gary Jones, Jason Jones, Madison Jones, James Julia.
Marissa Kase, Skyler Keating, Ethan Kemp, Felicia Kennedy, Stephen Khoyan, Michael Kiesznowski, Tyler Kilday, Kendra Kindred, Megan Kloiber, Elizabeth Kusch.
Gabriel Landrau, Sarah Lane, Ellisa Lanigan, Julia Le, Marcel Leaman, Jordan Leathers, Christina Lella, Zygmunt Leszek, Morgan Letchworth, Sarah Lewandowski, Daniel Lewis, Jacob Lewis, Kaitlyn Ligman, Alessandra Lippi, Gabriel Long, Sarah Lopes, Alondra Lopez, Thomas Loughran, Jerrod Lowenberg, Christina Lu, Tyler Ludwig.
Caitlin Machado, Brittany Magrini, Alejandro Maimone, Michelle Main, Julian Maldonado, Amber Manas, Paul Marsh, Jessika Mayberry, Ashley Maynard-Davidson, Harleigh McCain, Cody McConnell, Timothy McGrath, Amy McKay, Lucas McLeod, Hannah McMurray, Anthony Mediate, Anastasia Mendez, Rogelio Mendez, Jaclyn Mercer, Amanda Meszaros, Cecelia Metz, Alexander Meyer, Cecelia Mikell, Chelsea Miller, Katie Mills, Lindsey Millsap, Lyssa Moffett, Nicholas Moffitt, Assal Mohammed, Meghan Moholland, Joel Moledo, Kayla Montealegre, Austin Moriarty, Kerri Murphy.
Matthew Narvaez, Bernard Ndedi, Calvin Neal, Kaleigh Nelson, Ryan Nicoll, Jodalis Nieves.
Livia Ohihoin, Nicole Oliver, Jose Oliveras, Ariel Orr, Brandon Ortiz.
Angelina Padurano, Nicholas Pasarela, Harsh Patil, Laura Paulavage, Abrahm Paulding, Stephen Pavao, Jennifer Pavsic, Devlin Peck, Dylan Pendlebury, Kirstin Penny, William Perdomo, Marisa Perez, Michaela Perry, Brandon Pierce, Dakota Pine, Steven Pizarro, Tyler Plump, Ciara Poder, Joseph Predoehl, Amanda Price, Jacob Pulawski, Andrea Purvis.
Cameron Racz, Shannon Ramsey, Andrew Reiter, Dominique Renzulli, Erica Riccio-Polletta, Michael Richards, Desiree Riley, Robert Rittenberry, Carlos Rivera, Kitiara Rivera, Nicholas Robertson, Tori Robinson, Alexa Rodriguez, Jonathan Rodriguez, Michael Rodriguez, Aaron Rogers, Nalisha Rohit, Andrew Roithmeier, Ashly Roldan, Zackary Romblad, Kayla Ross, Ashleigh Ruby, Joseph Russo.
Ibrahim Saado, Seth Salls, Diane Saintvistal, Anjanna Salmon, Kari Salvatore, Caitlyn Salyer, Anthony Samz, Robert Sanders, Daniel Schiliro, Adam Schuster, Ryan Schwarz, Shane Scorza, Victor Scorza, Brittany Segovia, James Semack, William Setzer, Jared Shellabarger, Ragen Sheriff, Alexander Sidhom, Nicovi Singh, Alexander Smith, Jillian Smith, Krisstina Smith, Thomas Snyder, Jessica Sorensen, Shirley Soto, Trevor Southall, Joshua Spade, Rheanna Stehley, Kody Stein, Bryan Steinmetz, Nicholas Stolinas, Jakob Stramiello, Sarah Sturgeon-Crossley, Paeyton Summerall, Tianna Sunderland.
Brenden Tarrada, Cory Thomas, Dionte Thomas, Kelcie Thomas, Dominic Thompson, Dyanna Tilson, Elyse Timm, Richard Toth, Mai Tran, Phillip Tuck, Nicholas Tugman, Paul Tuomey.
Eric Vanderloski, Christopher Vanover, Tara-Lyn Vasquez, Fatimah Vegerano, Alexander Velez, Blake Vermillion, Matthew Vidas, Michael Vidas, Christopher Voisinet, Ashley Vonada.
Zachary Warren, Charles Watson, Marisa Welch, Taylor Wenzlaff, Renee Wern, Austin White, Erika Winters, Alexander Woodard, Tai-Lin Wu, Trenton Wyzykowski.
Kearstin Yarbrough, Kaitlyn Young.
Sarah Zack, Carl Zee, Ming Zhang, Xizi Zhang.